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26 to 29 April

at Fountains Café

Oastler Market

7.30pm | Pay What You Decide
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Fountains of Tales

A last hurrah! to this iconic landmark and to all the colourful shades and slices of life that passed through its door.

Bradfordians joined us at Fountains Café for a site specific show which celebrated the extraordinary stories of everyday people. The cafe had served St. John's market customers and traders for over 50 years. The closure of the market was a chance to celebrate their stories and memories.


Drawn from interviews with the Georgiou family themselves, proud proprietors of the café for all of its 53 year history, and the café and market regulars, Fountains Of Tales brought to life a bustling world of characters and stories - some funny, some sad, and all guaranteed to warm the cockles of true Bradfordian hearts.


The show was performed by a brilliant and talented community cast of Bradford actors and Bradford College Performing Arts students.

Fountains of Tales combined the skills and experience of theatre makers Mick Martin & Jude Wright, alongside heritage specialist Trizia Wells. Together they helped the community of cafe customers to tell their own stories in their own words, sharing their heritage with new audiences and bringing the past to life through performance.


Fountains of Tales was generously supported by Historic England, Everyday Heritage Grants and Bradford Council, Arts Grants with support from the Markets Team. |

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